Publisher's Weekly selected Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear as BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!
When I wrote Heart of the Wolf, it really was a creation from my heart--a story that evolved from my love of Jack London's White Fang and Call of the Wild, of loving mythologies from all over the world, of the love of reading, period. I wanted to do something different--create a world that was real enough, even though it's an urban fantasy.
So when it won 3rd place out of 7 finalists in the Golden Pen, I was really proud of Heart of the Wolf, my first win ever. Sure, it didn't take 1st place, but I was thrilled. The judge from one of the big publishing houses said she loved the unique twist on a horror story. Heart of the Wolf is a romantic suspense, a shapeshifter urban fantasy where werewolves live in secret amongst humans who have wolf instincts in their human forms and human sensibilities as wolves.
Publishers Weekly had this to say:
Heart of the Wolf Terry Spear. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, $6.99 (384p) ISBN 978−1−4022−1157−7
Red werewolf Bella flees her adoptive pack of gray werewolves when the alpha male Volan tries forcibly to claim her as his mate. Her real love, beta male Devlyn, has been out of her life for years, but comes after her when she finds herself accidentally captured by humans. Bella becomes convinced that Devlyn only wants to return her to Volan, but soon realizes that Devlyn loves her as much as she loves him, and is willing to fight Volan to the death to claim her. That problem pales, however, as a pack of red werewolves takes to killing human females in a crazed quest to claim Bella for their own. Bella and Devlyn must defeat the rogue wolves before Devlyn's final confrontation with Volan. The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page, but the real strength of the book lies in Spear's depiction of pack power dynamics, as well as in the details of human−wolf interaction. Her wolf world feels at once palpable and even plausible. (Apr.)
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Fallen Angel Reviews gave it 5 Angels & Recommended Read Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear is a fantastic new addition to the popular trend of shape shifter stories. I loved this story, not only does Ms. Spear draw the reader into the lives of Bella and Devlyn and the other people they interact with but she has painstakingly researched the behavior of real wolves in the wild to add realism to the behavior of the werewolves in their wolf form and pack behavior.I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good paranormal, romantic suspense, and shape shifter story!
Reviewed by: Stephanie B.
Romantic Times gave it a 4 and called it Hot! A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of this story of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic. ~~
(SOURCEBOOKS, Apr.,417pp.,S6.99) Bunny Callahan
Heart of the Wolf!!
"You'll be drawn into the story from the first page to the last, wanting to know how everything will turn out. I love how Ms. Spear has intertwined true attributes of wolves to make the werewolf world come alive. Bella and Devlyn's devotion to each other is endearing. Their love scenes sizzle the pages … definitely hot! I look forward to reading more about this author's werewolf tales.I also recommend Terry Spear's, Winning the Highlander's Heart. If you like Scottish medieval hunks, this is a book for you."
Karen Michelle Nutt, author
For ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Thanks to Publisher Weekly for selecting Heart of the Wolf as BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR and giving it such a terrific review, to my Sourcebooks publisher, Dominique Raccah, for creating the Casablanca romance line and proving romance lives, to my Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman, for loving Heart of the Wolf enough to give it a chance and for being a dream editor to work with, to my publicist, Danielle Jackson, who is fun and full of great marketing ideas, always there when I need her, to my Rebel Romance Writers, who have critiqued and cheered me along the way, to my fellow Sourcebooks authors who are a supportive family beyond the writing world, to my romance chapter mates who have encouraged and fostered many friendships, to my family, who support me in every way, and especially my fans, the reason I write each and every day! :)
Heart of the Wolf, Don't Cry Wolf (Mar 1), Betrayal of the Wolf (Fall 09)